City Directories and History: This is one of the buildings used by the British during their occupation of Winnsboro, Oct. 1780 – Jan. 1781, and is thought to have been used by Lord Cornwallis as his headquarters. The original portion of the house is made of massive mason wall; the wooden wing is a later addition. This was owned and occupied at one time by Capt. John Buchanan, Revolutionary War soldier and friend of General Lafayette. [Courtesy of Chamber of Commerce]
Researching the history of this home and studying the 1905 Sanborn Map, see below, is highly informative and shows the house faced College Street, not North Zion Street, with massive front porches and not with its façade on North Zion Street. This is also suggestive that the McMaster Hotel, a very old building just around the corner on North Congress (demolished), was also part of the housing used for the British during their occupancy of the town.
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